A local restaurant owner whose business had an extensive overnight fire remains hospitalized and undergoing a cardiac catheterization test.

“I appreciate everyone’s concern,” said Lowell Gann, owner of Lloyd’s Harper Road Cafe, a popular breakfast and lunch spot in Corinth. “I am sitting here in a hospital bed about to undergo a heart cath.”

It’s been an emotional day for the cafe owner, but the outpouring of support has been tremendous, he told the Daily Corinthian Wednesday morning.

“So many people are calling me, asking if they can help out or do anything,” said Gann, whose cafe has won numerous People’s Choice Awards the past several years, including Corinth’s best biscuit. “I just don’t know what to say at this point.”

The fire has left him devastated, he said.

Corinth Fire Chief Todd Welch said the fire appears to have been electrical in nature and extensive damage happened in the attic and kitchen areas with damage throughout the two dining rooms.

“You can’t tell much damage from the outside,” Welch told the Daily Corinthian. “But it’s pretty bad inside.”

Alcorn County 911 got the fire call about 2 a.m. Wednesday and five units and 14 firefighters responded immediately, said the fire chief.

Firemen stayed on the scene until about 5:30 a.m. Gann also arrived on the scene, but was taken to the hospital when he complained of chest pains, said Welch.

“It is an extensive fire, but the building is still standing,” he said.

Firefighters had the fire under control in about an hour, said the chief.

The popular cafe is at the corner of Harper Road and East Third Street near Corinth High School and Tate Baptist Church.

Gann represents several generations of his family in the cafe business in the Corinth area and he is former owner of Harlow’s Donuts.

He has expanded his cafe since locating on Harper Road, doubling the dining room area.

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